Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

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  • Israelite warriors attack walled city. Daniel Levitch, Art: Armand Villavert Jr.
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Jewish Studies Program

About Jewish Studies

The field of Jewish Studies explores the rich heritage of the Jewish people. Using the methodology of different academic disciplines, it examines the experience of Jews in the many lands in which they have lived over the past four thousand years, as well as contemporary Jewish life in Israel, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Read more

Mission Statement

The Jewish Studies Program teaches academic perspectives on Jewish history and on the diversity of Jewish experience. Though CSUN students are our primary responsibility, we also seek to provide knowledge and resources to others on campus and to the public at large. The goal of the Jewish Studies Program is to help people understand the past and respond to important contemporary issues that affect their daily lives, contributing to a more thoughtful and compassionate society for all. Read more

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Professor Jody Myers

Jody MyersWe are sad to share the news that Professor Emerita Jody Myers passed away. As Director of the Jewish Studies Program for 34 years, Dr. Myers oversaw vibrant and unique programming that served students and the community. She created opportunities for students to travel to Central Europe, gain career skills in Jewish nonprofit organizations, and learn about Jewish environmental thought together with wilderness-survival skills. Community members enjoyed the Jewish Studies film series and public lectures that she offered. Her influence on CSUN students and the community beyond was deep and wide-ranging, and she will be profoundly missed. Her obituary appeared in the (Minneapolis) StarTribune on Oct. 25, 2022.